New International Students

Each year our campus is lit up by the brilliance, color, and culture of hundreds of students from around the world who choose to study at Andrews University. From our International Flag Mall to the International Food Fair and much more, international students are celebrated as we Engage Globally.

Beginning anything in life can be both stressful and exhilarating.  We are eager to help you transition to living in the Andrews community surrounding the main campus. Attending international orientation is required. Plan to attend the general undergraduate or graduate orientation as well.  Both are key to successfully reaching your study goals. 


Moving to the USA & Main Campus

US student visas are granted through US Consular Services  upon issue of an I-20 document by the university to which an student from outside the US is admitted. For an I-20 to be issues, students are required to supply evidence of sponsorships together with twelve months of bank documentation for all personal and family funds. These documents should prove financial ability to sustain educational expenses for the duration of the educational program. The following funds and documents are only required of non-US residents coming to study on the main campus:

  • Andrews University academic acceptance into a program of study
  • Support for all personal funds and/or sponsorships (bank statement or letter of sponsorship)
    Current bank documentation (no older than three months)
    Copy of current passport
    Current mailing address (No P.O. Box addresses please) and telephone number
  • Estimated Budget Sheet:  Please contact our office at iss@andrews.edu
  • $100 non-refundable new international student fee
  • $3,000 advance deposit
    • Citizens of Bahamas, Bermuda, Canada & Mexico are exempt from paying the international deposit
    • This is held in an interest-bearing account until the completion of the program of study or withdrawal from the University
    • The deposit may only be used to cover educational expenses for the last semester of enrollment.

Make sure to mark your name and ID number clearly on any transactions. Include specific dollar amounts on how the funds should be allocated (i.e., International deposit, Residence Hall deposit). Payment can be made by wire transfer using Flywire, the University's approved service for sending and receiving wire transfers.

If you have questions regarding the budget sheet, please contact the International Financial Specialist at 269-471-6380 or email isfs@andrews.edu.
For specific questions regarding the I-20, contact the Office of International Student Services & Programs at 269-471-3310 or email iss@andrews.edu

After admission to an Andrews University program and once we receive the required documents and $3,100 deposit (see previous section), the Office of International Student Services & Programs will mail your I-20 Form with an email notification including the tracking number. When you receive this I-20 document, please schedule an appointment at the closest US Embassy or Consulate office. Please apply for an F1 student visa. You may only study at Andrews University with a F1 or a J1 visa.

Prepare for your F1 visa interview at the US Embassy or US Consulate nearest to you:
  1. Read your I-20 and make sure the information on items 1, 4, and 5 are correct.
  2. Sign your I-20 on item 11 (also sign for dependents accompanying you)
  3. Pay the $200 SEVIS I-901 fee online. Print and carry a copy of this receipt.
  4. Take all these documents to your visa interview:
  • Valid passport (for at least 12 months)
  • I-20 (make sure the I-20 is returned to you)
  • Receipt of payment of SEVIS I-901 fee
  • Financial and any other documentation as proof of your financial ability to support yourself during your stay here in the US and also that you intent to return to your home country upon the completion of your studies.

Each time you enter the United States, by air or by border crossing, you must present your passport with student visa and your I-20.  Students from Canada, Bahamas and Bermuda are exempt from student visa. Carry copies of the documents presented to Andrews University to gain your I-20 as evidence of financial support can be requested at port of entry. Please request all documents inspected by customs officers to be returned as they are your property and you are required to show them at each port of entry.   

You will be sent the I-94 document after you arrive into the United States.  Please bring it along with your passport to the International  Student  Services office as soon as you arrive. Canadians may still receive it in paper.

Feel free to email International Student Services at iss@andrews.edu or call 269-471-3310 for help.

Review directions on getting to campus, and links to nearby airports, bus and train stations, and the transportation department's services.

We are happy to pick you up if you arrive at the South Bend airport by plane, train, or bus, as long as you email your flight/train/bus number and arrival time, along with the number of persons arriving, at least 3 days in advance. Please complete this form should you need to be picked up: Airport Pickup Form 

If you arrive through Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports, purchase bus tickets from Coach USA Express Bus to come to their South Bend Airport stop, just 30 minutes by road from Andrews University.

 

To make sure your transition to living and studying at Andrews is both smooth and pleasant, new students are required to attend the International Students Orientation.  During this time, key information about your international status and resources in this community will be provided. Watch for emails with the time and venue for the orientation for your first semester, and plan your travel to arrive prior to this.

Please bring your passport, I-20 document and I-94 document to this orientation.

Orientation to Online Studies

Program & course orientation happens through learninghub, video conference & emails. These resources may be helpful to international students on any campus:
AU Online Student Resource Guide
Advising Services & Financial Services 
International Funds Transfer with Flywire
Registration Steps
Study Online - tutorial videos  
Mission & Core Strengths 
Proximity Devotional App
PMC Worship Services
AU News: Online Agenda
Facebook & Twitter    
AU Youtube Channel

Orientation at Other Sites

Off-Campus program coordinators communicate resources & procedures directly to students.